I'm sharing this hunting story in hopes this will help other hunters, I'm willing to eat crow, so feel free to be truthful in your responses.
I wanted to post about a recent hunting trip I made to the woods. I have been bow hunting for a few years now, and have had several nice (p+y club) bucks under my stand.
Recently, a nice tall racked 10pt. (160in.) buck was 25 yards behind my tree stand, for five minutes he stood behind a blow down, motionless.
I thought he was gone, then I could barely see his tines, so I stood up, and turned to get at a shot lane.
So after a bit he steps out a little more, but still no shot presented. This buck stood there for another 5 minutes, motionless.
I couldnt take it any longer, so I peeked around the big 2 foot wide hackberry tree. I think he caught a bit of motion, I waited another five minutes froze in a standing postion.
I finely had to look round the tree again, through a few vines and leaves.
He turned and ran strait away, at about couple hundred yards he blew a short snort and then a longer blow. Maybe he ran into some hunters on the other property, I'm not certain.
My mistake was not getting turned into shooting postion when I had the best chance. The second mistake was looking to see where he was located, with out his head in view.
Now I know I should have waited for the buck to move into my shooting lane, then made I could have made a move when he was looking away.
I think maybe next time will be a different story, one with a happy ending!
"Let a young buck go, so he can grow."